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EBR FL11/75
Conversion for a EBR FL 11/75 mod 1951
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by: Olivier Carneau [ BISON126 ]

Introduction

The EBR is a 8-wheel reconnaissance vehicle which entered service in 1949. The project had been developed by Panhard in the 1930ís as the AM 201, of which one vehicle was presented to Army officials in 1939 prior to being accepted for service under the denomination AM 40P. It was smaller than the EBR and had only two crew members. Unfortunately, the first vehicles could not be built before the war broke out. Panhard managed to hide the project all the war long and it is only in 1946 that it was resumed with an extended hull manned by a crew of four members.

For a long while, the only available model kits of this vehicle were resin ones. In 2012, Hobby Boss released the EBR with the FL11 turret under the denomination EBR-11 which is not an official one. While the kit is pretty correct, it depicts a late model fitted with the 90 mm F2 gun. To model an early type armed with the SA 49 75 mm gun, there is still no other choice than the Azimut conversion or a scratch job.

Box content

The Azimut conversion comes in a small black cardboard box, with a box art drawing replicating a photo of an EBR of the Foreign Legion during the war in Algeria. It comprises 17 light grey resin parts, a hollow aluminium tube, a sheet of photo etched parts and an instructions leaflet. The turret halves are wrapped with bubble wrap and the other parts come in a re-sealable plastic bag.

The carving and level of detail varies according to the parts. For example, the MAC 31 MG is very simplified. The molding is average, some parts have ill-placed excess of resin. while the upper part of the MAC 31 support has a hole which requires the part to be fully redone.

The PE parts are clean and the various bending lines are sharp. The PE sheet comprises straps for the turret bustle, marking plates for the hull - those of the Hobby Boss kit must be removed, the search light bracket on the vehicle commander cupola and the auxiliary sights.

The instructions sheet is very simple and consists of one page. In order to make the instructions clearer a second page would have been useful.

Conversion review

The turret comes with the base and the oscillating part, depicting an early type, the dust cover attachment system is not present. The rectangular plate at the back of the oscillating part is present. But the major issue is the gap between the base and the oscillating part. In fact, the oscillating part is too narrow. To be usable, its base should be thickened with putty. When closely looking at the turret, we can see it really resembles the United-Fun model one but this model did not have this gap.

The main reason to get such a conversion is the 75 mm gun. The muzzle brake comes in two parts. The rear one has an extension to insert into the aluminium tube. The molding leaves a lot to be desired and a large amount of resin has to be removed from the back of the baffle "wings". The gun opening must be drilled out. At the rear of the baffle, there is a sleeve which is too short. The front part is finely molded. The gun opening must be drilled out too. Due to the fineness of the part, it is better to do it after the muzzle brake has been assembled. The aluminium tube is too narrow compared to the mantlet opening. It will be necessary to secure it to have a proper alignment.

The second reason to get this conversion is the close defence MG ring mount armed with the MAC 31 Reibel. The ring itself is molded on the vehicle commander cupola. The MG support is made of a resin main bracket and a PE search light support. The instructions are a bit unclear and you will have to pay attention to the build, especially when attaching the MAC 31 to the cradle. The MG is disappointing with a poor level of detail. Moreover, the butt is the wrong type. On the EBR mounted MAC 31 there was an extension which enabled the vehicle commander to shoulder the MG. A round magazine is issued but the sprue attachment is ill-placed and the missing details will have to be carved after the part is cut.

Azimut also provides the four DREB (smoke-dischargers) whose ends are hollow. Each base needs to be thoroughly sanded to be perfectly flat and fit to the turret. The last parts are the radio antenna bases. Like the smoke-dischargers, the bases present some resin flash.

Conclusion

Azimut did a good job on some parts, but the conversion as a whole is disappointing. The MAC31 is disappointing but acceptable. But this is more because you have no other choice for the moment even if ETS35 via Shapeways could fill the gap. A finer MG would have been appreciated of course. The turret is nearly unusable without an extensive reshaping job.

It would have been better to only release the 75 mm gun and the MG mount and detail a bit more the MAC 31 itself. The turret itself is definitely not a must-have.

SUMMARY
Highs: The only SA 49 gun muzzle brake on the market; A nice little sheet of photo etched parts.
Lows: An unusable turret and a poorly detailed and disappointing MAC 31 MG.
Verdict: Definitely not worth the 20 euros plus postage, but it still is the only option to get a SA 49 75 mm gun.
Percentage Rating
50%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 10038
  PUBLISHED: Dec 30, 2014
  NATIONALITY: France
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 82.86%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 74.00%

About Olivier Carneau (bison126)
FROM: AUBE, FRANCE

I have been in the hobby for years and I'm still learning. As a modeler, I only build 1/35 modern military vehicles, mainly armored ones. I also run a website where I share a lot of walkarounds. Just click on my banner to pay a visit to it.

Copyright ©2018 text by Olivier Carneau [ BISON126 ]. All rights reserved.



Comments

@Olivier : Hard but fair. Real review as I like them. Isn't there a typo at the end? In the conclusion you write : Shouldn't it be instead : Cheers, Christophe PS : also the word "carving" seems a bit strange. Maybe "sculpt"?
DEC 30, 2014 - 02:16 AM
Thanks Darren for proceeding the review. Bonjour Christophe, I still have to learn my English Well I think the way I wrote the conclusion may be confusing. The MAC31 is disappointing but acceptable. But this is more because you have no other choice for the moment even if ETS35 via Shapeways could fill the gap. A finer MG would have been appreciated of course. I'll check the meaning of carving, I thought it meant gravure. Enjoy this last day of 2014. Olivier
DEC 30, 2014 - 02:42 PM
I have altered the text as indicated.
DEC 30, 2014 - 03:06 PM
Wow, that was quick Darren ! Thanks a lot. Olivier
DEC 30, 2014 - 03:13 PM
Carving usually refers to shaping wood in the UK, did you mean 'engrave'?
DEC 30, 2014 - 03:17 PM
I too like "Hard but fair". I hope all reviews will tell me the best reasons to spend my money. AND the reasons I'll end-up feeling "at a loss" for spending my money. BTW: As an artist...I like the use of "gravure" (~English: etching) .. I am reminded of 'fine lines' of distinction and/or cut. ((Most in USA are not familiar with an ORIGINAL gravure; although they have seen reproductions of the image. The closest thing is the feel/look of a freshly minted bill. $ .. but we don't really take that 'Fine Quality' into daily conversation. As a culture - we tend to.. "Blue Light Special" ... ) .. but the attention to detail that modelers bring to the conversation..... Ahhhh... THAT is why I am here. :-) Cheers!
DEC 30, 2014 - 03:18 PM
Oliver, you conclude with: "It would have been better to only release the 75 mm gun and the MG mount and detail a bit more the MAC 31 itself. The turret itself is definitely not a must-have." Does this mean that the turret from the EBR-11 would be acceptable for a 75mm version, so long as a new 75mm main gun was used? Can the tube from the EBR-10 be used as a replacement? (Just the gun, not the turret, of course.) Thx, KL
DEC 30, 2014 - 09:21 PM
Thanks Darren. Engrave is definitely the right word. Kurt, the HB turret is correct. You'll only have to modify it a bit as it is designed to be depicted with the dust cover. So the trunion is missing on the base part. The notches to install the rear basket must be filled but this is not a big deal. For my build, I'll try to match the HB oscillating part and the Azimut base. Edit: didn't see the last part of your question. I think the 75mm gun of the FL 10 turret would be usable. It'll only need to check the length of both barrels. I haven't do it myself so far. Olivier
DEC 30, 2014 - 09:29 PM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
Thanks.
   

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